Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 11

Every Wednesday I will be introducing great kizomba artists from the PALOP community that usually don’t receive the recognition they deserve.

Kizomba music comes from all over the PALOP community, not just Angola. All mixes between zouk and Afro rhythms (not to be confused with Afro-house) are normally called kizomba, amongst PALOPS, regardless if the artists or bands are from Guiné-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, São Tomé and Prince, Mozambique or even the Congo (which is not a PALOP country).


“Roger is probably one of the best voices in Africa but unfortunately, because he sings the criollo of Cape Verde (resulting from his career essentially in Holland), he has been increasingly appropriate and considered a Caboverdeano singer and not a Guinean Grand Musician. We have a duty to get our Roger back.”

This is just one of the head lines in many news papers from Guine Bissau.

Roger Moreira is definitely one of the top voices from Guine Bissau but commonly mistaken as Caboverdian because of him singing in Criollo from Caboverde.  Like many African singers there is not much information about Roger found online (unfortunately that is very common among singers from Guine Bissau).

Roger lived in Holland and worked with many great Caboverdians singers like Grace Evora, Dina Medina, Johnny Fonseca etc. Resulting in him singing in Caboverdian criollo and focusing his album more on the Caboverdian market.

His voice has the power of calming down any human and bringing a smile to their face. Unfortunately Roger only produced 3 albums the latest one being in 2014 and none as successful as his first album.  In reality he sings Cola -Zouk but we commonly call it kizomba.

These are my personal picks and not necessarily the most popular mainstream songs. I hope my post inspires you to continue researching and exploring more on your own!


Kizomba – Cretcheu –
Musica de Cabo Verde

Kizomba – Nos Dilema –

Kizomba – Calor Pessoal –

Kizomba – Amy –

Kizomba – Amar e Ser Amado –

Kizomba – Plus Prés Rosa –

Kizomba – Kira –

*PALOP – Portuguese-speaking African countries, also referred to as Lusophone Africa, consists of six African countries in which the Portuguese language is an official language: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. Besides having a common language, the five former colonies of the Portuguese Empire share a strong “cultural identity, a similar system of governance and a long tradition of contacts and exchanges amongst themselves”. In 1992, the five Lusophone African countries formed an interstate organization called PALOP, a colloquial acronym that translates to African Countries of Portuguese Official Language (In Portuguese: Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa). The PALOP countries signed official agreements with Portugal, the European Union and the United Nations, and they work together to promote the development of culture and education and the preservation of the Portuguese language. Together with Portugal and Brazil in 1996, the Portuguese-speaking African countries established the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (Portuguese: Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa, abbreviated to CPLP).

2 thoughts on “Music Culture Wednesdays Vol. 11

  1. I remember the time who Bissau Guineens and caboverdians were fighting over the origem of this son of Gabu (Guinne Bissau) . AS Senegalese, Amy and Morango de Nostre ( remix of Roberto Carlos tube

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